Empezó la Champions League

Con los duelos eliminatorios para pasar a la ronda de grupos arrancó la Champions

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2018, file photo, Madison Hubbell, left, and Zachary Donohue perform during the free dance event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. Their bluesy free dance nearly two weeks ago pushed them past two-time U.S. champions Maia and Alex Shibutani to the top step of the podium, and pushed rivals Madison Chock and Evan Bates to bronze. All three will represent the U.S. at the Pyeongchang Olympics next month. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Réforme de la Ligue des champions : Aulas se défend

Jean-Michel Aulas, président de l’Olympique Lyonnais

Rhys Priestland (C) injured his hamstring in the European Champions Cup clash last weekend and will likely miss most of the Six Nations

Rhys Priestland (C) injured his hamstring in the European Champions Cup clash last weekend and will likely miss most of the Six Nations

Rhys Priestland (C) injured his hamstring in the European Champions Cup clash last weekend and will likely miss most of the Six Nations (AFP Photo/BERTRAND LANGLOIS)

Rhys Priestland (C) injured his hamstring in the European Champions Cup clash last weekend and will likely miss most of the Six Nations

Champions Cup: Exeter Chiefs take aim at Glasgow in quarter-final quest as Saracens, Wsps and Bath go for bust

Champions Cup: Exeter Chiefs take aim at Glasgow in quarter-final quest as Saracens, Wsps and Bath go for bust

Champions Cup: Exeter Chiefs take aim at Glasgow in quarter-final quest as Saracens, Wsps and Bath go for bust

Champions Cup: Exeter Chiefs take aim at Glasgow in quarter-final quest as Saracens, Wsps and Bath go for bust

Champions Cup: Exeter Chiefs take aim at Glasgow in quarter-final quest as Saracens, Wsps and Bath go for bust

Champions Cup: Exeter Chiefs take aim at Glasgow in quarter-final quest as Saracens, Wsps and Bath go for bust

Peter Crouch - player profile

A profile of Stoke striker Peter Crouch, who has been linked with a shock move to Premier League champions Chelsea.

Peter Crouch - player profile

A profile of Stoke striker Peter Crouch, who has been linked with a shock move to Premier League champions Chelsea.

Peter Crouch - player profile

A profile of Stoke striker Peter Crouch, who has been linked with a shock move to Premier League champions Chelsea.

Chelsea hold talks over double deal for Roma's Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea will hold more talks with Roma over a potential double deal for Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko next week. Left-back Palmieri is hoping to complete a move to Stamford Bridge to compete with Marcos Alonso, despite the fact Chelsea would ideally like to take the Brazilian on loan. Roma want £22 million for Palmieri, but there is optimism on all sides that a deal for either a loan or permanent transfer can be agreed. Chelsea’s interest in Dzeko is less advanced and has come about as the club attempt to find a target man to help out Alvaro Morata, who is suspended for Saturday’s trip to Brighton. Morata’s suspension means Michy Batshuayi, who could move in the opposite direction to Dzeko, will start against Brighton. And Roma face Inter Milan on Sunday, which means discussions have been put on hold during the weekend. The Premier League champions had been hopeful of signing Andy Carroll, but the West Ham United centre-forward's ankle injury has forced them to look elsewhere. There is an outside chance of Chelsea reigniting their interest if the 29-year-old can recover by the end of the month. Emerson Palmieri, who is eligible to play for Italy though Brazilian by birth, is close to leaving Roma for Chelsea Credit: Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP Dzeko would not be eligible to play in the Champions League, but he could play for Chelsea in the Premier League and all of the cup competitions. Having made an inquiry over his potential availability, Chelsea will hold more talks over Dzeko next week, but they also continue to explore other options. Crystal Palace have already warned Chelsea that they do not want to loan out Christian Benteke, although that may change if Roy Hodgson can sign a striker, while a move for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch has not been discounted. Antonio Conte’s interest in Dzeko was confirmed by the former Manchester City forward’s agent, Irfan Redzepagic, who told Italian media: “All I can say is that Conte likes Dzeko. But then who doesn’t like Edin? “Have I spoken to Conte or Chelsea? My role means I can’t reveal certain transfer market dynamics. I understand the question, but I have a very specific role. “Look, every time we talk about Dzeko the names of clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, Mexican clubs come up. These are just rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.”

Chelsea hold talks over double deal for Roma's Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea will hold more talks with Roma over a potential double deal for Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko next week. Left-back Palmieri is hoping to complete a move to Stamford Bridge to compete with Marcos Alonso, despite the fact Chelsea would ideally like to take the Brazilian on loan. Roma want £22 million for Palmieri, but there is optimism on all sides that a deal for either a loan or permanent transfer can be agreed. Chelsea’s interest in Dzeko is less advanced and has come about as the club attempt to find a target man to help out Alvaro Morata, who is suspended for Saturday’s trip to Brighton. Morata’s suspension means Michy Batshuayi, who could move in the opposite direction to Dzeko, will start against Brighton. And Roma face Inter Milan on Sunday, which means discussions have been put on hold during the weekend. The Premier League champions had been hopeful of signing Andy Carroll, but the West Ham United centre-forward's ankle injury has forced them to look elsewhere. There is an outside chance of Chelsea reigniting their interest if the 29-year-old can recover by the end of the month. Emerson Palmieri, who is eligible to play for Italy though Brazilian by birth, is close to leaving Roma for Chelsea Credit: Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP Dzeko would not be eligible to play in the Champions League, but he could play for Chelsea in the Premier League and all of the cup competitions. Having made an inquiry over his potential availability, Chelsea will hold more talks over Dzeko next week, but they also continue to explore other options. Crystal Palace have already warned Chelsea that they do not want to loan out Christian Benteke, although that may change if Roy Hodgson can sign a striker, while a move for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch has not been discounted. Antonio Conte’s interest in Dzeko was confirmed by the former Manchester City forward’s agent, Irfan Redzepagic, who told Italian media: “All I can say is that Conte likes Dzeko. But then who doesn’t like Edin? “Have I spoken to Conte or Chelsea? My role means I can’t reveal certain transfer market dynamics. I understand the question, but I have a very specific role. “Look, every time we talk about Dzeko the names of clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, Mexican clubs come up. These are just rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.”

Futbolistas mexicanos en ligas exóticas

Se aventuró a probar suerte en Chipre con Apoel. Puede presumir de haber jugado Champions League con este humilde equipo europeo.

Foto: Twitter @RaulGudino1

MMA - UFC 220 - Qui est Stipe Miocic, l'adversaire de Francis Ngannou pour le titre mondial des poids lourds à l'UFC ?

Reine en boxe comme en MMA, la catégorie des poids lourds à l'UFC est l'une des plus volatiles. La rotation des champions est élevée et jamais un tenant n'a défendu victorieusement trois fois de rang sa ceinture. Mais Stipe Miocic, champion depuis mai 2016, semble en mesure de le faire. Il devra pour cela triompher du surpuissant Francis Ngannou, la star actuelle de la division.

Rhys Priestland pulls out of Wales’ Six Nations squad

Rhys Priestland receives treatment after being injured for Bath in their Champions Cup defeat by Scarlets.

Arsenal are crying out for change - and Antonio Conte is the man to deliver it

By Chelsea’s recent standards, Antonio Conte is reaching that point in his reign at Stamford Bridge where he will be considered ‘long-serving’. The secret of Chelsea's success is hiring and sacking managers with rapid gunfire and the signals coming out of the club suggest they are readying themselves to pull the trigger again. It would not surprise me  – I have felt Conte will go since he made public his displeasure with transfer policy at the start of the season. But I think it would be a huge mistake if Chelsea do part company, regardless of the calibre of his replacement. Not that they will be bothered. This is a club that sacked Jose Mourinho (twice) and Carlo Ancelotti shortly after title wins. Evidently Chelsea believe new coaches re-energise the club, a policy that has paid off spectacularly on several occasions. Coaches of the calibre of Diego Simeone and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri are already being strongly linked with the Chelsea job. But we should not ignore the fact there are also risks in regularly changing the coach, as we saw when Phil Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas failed. For me, Conte remains the best man for Chelsea. His record since moving to Stamford Bridge is extraordinary. Despite Manchester City’s incredible run, Conte has won exactly the same number of Premier League points (140) as Pep Guardiola since his appointment. He has also won more Premier League games (44 out of 61) than any manager. Chelsea remain in both domestic cups, the last 16 of the Champions League and well-placed to finish runners-up in what would be a satisfactory title defence. It is too quickly forgotten Chelsea finished 10th before Conte took over. Certainly those Chelsea supporters booing the side after last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City must have wiped it from memory. Had Conte finished in the top four in his first season Roman Abramovich would have considered it progress. No one could have expected Conte to deliver the title so soon. Conte is an elite coach enriching the Premier League. Most clubs in the world would improve under him. We have seen his qualities, not just in his results, but in his belligerent approach off the park. I can imagine no more suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger than Conte. It would be one of the most astute managerial appointments in Premier League history No matter how controversial it was, to take on players of the reputation and importance of Diego Costa and David Luiz demonstrates the type of character he is. To be blunt about it, you can see he is a manager who will take no s---, whether it is a player, board member or – as is the case in the public spat with Mourinho – a rival manager.  In most circumstances a club would cherish having such a figurehead, not mull over letting him go. If Conte’s situation is precarious - the Chelsea hierarchy ambivalent on his future and Conte increasingly frustrated by the structure of the club - there will be a long queue for his services. I could imagine Real Madrid considering Conte as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane, whose position looks vulnerable. The Italian national team would beg him to go back after their failure to qualify for the World Cup. There is talk of him returning to Italian football but having managed the national team and led Juventus to three Serie A titles in a row, would heading home at this stage of his career be so appealing? He has nothing more to prove in his own country. There is one club in particular, much closer to his current home, I feel should be monitoring developments more than others; a club desperately in need of Conte’s persona, who would send a rocket through every department of their institution and instantly change perceptions. That club is Arsenal.  I can imagine no more suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger than Conte. It would be one of the most astute managerial appointments in Premier League history. Can you imagine Conte, disillusioned with his treatment at Chelsea, turning up at The Emirates? Arsenal's FA Cup win should have been the perfect time to say goodbye to Arsene Wenger Credit:  Action Images via Reuters Arsenal are still stuck in a cycle of mediocrity they have been unable to escape for several years. I will never lose respect for Wenger – his legacy in English football is preserved and he will always be considered one of the all-time greats – but I said last year his time was coming to an end and nothing has changed. An opportunity was missed to make a choreographed exit at Wembley after winning the FA Cup last May, when Wenger’s last contract was expiring. That felt the right time to make a change rather than extend for another two years. Instead, the situation looks like it is deteriorating. The side selected against Bournemouth a week ago bore more resemblance to the League Cup teams Wenger picked 10 years ago. With Alexis Sanchez going, and Mesut Ozil’s future uncertain, Arsenal must rebuild, adding to the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Wenger has 18 months left. Can a manager in that position get to work constructing a side for the next generation?  Wenger has often said he will never break a contract. If there are many more performances like at Bournemouth it might not be his decision.  Arsenal seem torn between those who want to inject much needed freshness and those still clinging to the idea their greatest manager can recreate his former glory. Where does Henrikh Mkhitaryan fit into Arsenal's grand plans? You can see some evidence of forward planning with the appointment of ex-Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat as Head of Recruitment. He must have advised the club to pursue Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but where does that leave Alexandre Lacazette, signed for £50 million last summer? I don’t see that as a partnership. Darren Burgess, who I worked with at Liverpool, is also joining as High Performance Director so there are changes afoot. But ultimate power still rests with Wenger.  No matter how loyal the Arsenal board, they have a duty to consider what happens when he goes. When outstanding candidates emerge you have to react. That is why I believe they should already be sounding out Conte’s camp. They will get another close look at him when the clubs meet in the Carabao Cup this week. Conte is too good for Chelsea to let go. They should be desperately trying to keep him, not only because he will bring more success to the club, but to ensure he does not come back to haunt them when he returns with a rival. If the Chelsea board cannot see that, Arsenal should do everything in their power to ensure it is a short tube ride to his next destination.

Arsenal are crying out for change - and Antonio Conte is the man to deliver it

By Chelsea’s recent standards, Antonio Conte is reaching that point in his reign at Stamford Bridge where he will be considered ‘long-serving’. The secret of Chelsea's success is hiring and sacking managers with rapid gunfire and the signals coming out of the club suggest they are readying themselves to pull the trigger again. It would not surprise me  – I have felt Conte will go since he made public his displeasure with transfer policy at the start of the season. But I think it would be a huge mistake if Chelsea do part company, regardless of the calibre of his replacement. Not that they will be bothered. This is a club that sacked Jose Mourinho (twice) and Carlo Ancelotti shortly after title wins. Evidently Chelsea believe new coaches re-energise the club, a policy that has paid off spectacularly on several occasions. Coaches of the calibre of Diego Simeone and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri are already being strongly linked with the Chelsea job. But we should not ignore the fact there are also risks in regularly changing the coach, as we saw when Phil Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas failed. For me, Conte remains the best man for Chelsea. His record since moving to Stamford Bridge is extraordinary. Despite Manchester City’s incredible run, Conte has won exactly the same number of Premier League points (140) as Pep Guardiola since his appointment. He has also won more Premier League games (44 out of 61) than any manager. Chelsea remain in both domestic cups, the last 16 of the Champions League and well-placed to finish runners-up in what would be a satisfactory title defence. It is too quickly forgotten Chelsea finished 10th before Conte took over. Certainly those Chelsea supporters booing the side after last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City must have wiped it from memory. Had Conte finished in the top four in his first season Roman Abramovich would have considered it progress. No one could have expected Conte to deliver the title so soon. Conte is an elite coach enriching the Premier League. Most clubs in the world would improve under him. We have seen his qualities, not just in his results, but in his belligerent approach off the park. I can imagine no more suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger than Conte. It would be one of the most astute managerial appointments in Premier League history No matter how controversial it was, to take on players of the reputation and importance of Diego Costa and David Luiz demonstrates the type of character he is. To be blunt about it, you can see he is a manager who will take no s---, whether it is a player, board member or – as is the case in the public spat with Mourinho – a rival manager.  In most circumstances a club would cherish having such a figurehead, not mull over letting him go. If Conte’s situation is precarious - the Chelsea hierarchy ambivalent on his future and Conte increasingly frustrated by the structure of the club - there will be a long queue for his services. I could imagine Real Madrid considering Conte as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane, whose position looks vulnerable. The Italian national team would beg him to go back after their failure to qualify for the World Cup. There is talk of him returning to Italian football but having managed the national team and led Juventus to three Serie A titles in a row, would heading home at this stage of his career be so appealing? He has nothing more to prove in his own country. There is one club in particular, much closer to his current home, I feel should be monitoring developments more than others; a club desperately in need of Conte’s persona, who would send a rocket through every department of their institution and instantly change perceptions. That club is Arsenal.  I can imagine no more suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger than Conte. It would be one of the most astute managerial appointments in Premier League history. Can you imagine Conte, disillusioned with his treatment at Chelsea, turning up at The Emirates? Arsenal's FA Cup win should have been the perfect time to say goodbye to Arsene Wenger Credit:  Action Images via Reuters Arsenal are still stuck in a cycle of mediocrity they have been unable to escape for several years. I will never lose respect for Wenger – his legacy in English football is preserved and he will always be considered one of the all-time greats – but I said last year his time was coming to an end and nothing has changed. An opportunity was missed to make a choreographed exit at Wembley after winning the FA Cup last May, when Wenger’s last contract was expiring. That felt the right time to make a change rather than extend for another two years. Instead, the situation looks like it is deteriorating. The side selected against Bournemouth a week ago bore more resemblance to the League Cup teams Wenger picked 10 years ago. With Alexis Sanchez going, and Mesut Ozil’s future uncertain, Arsenal must rebuild, adding to the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Wenger has 18 months left. Can a manager in that position get to work constructing a side for the next generation?  Wenger has often said he will never break a contract. If there are many more performances like at Bournemouth it might not be his decision.  Arsenal seem torn between those who want to inject much needed freshness and those still clinging to the idea their greatest manager can recreate his former glory. Where does Henrikh Mkhitaryan fit into Arsenal's grand plans? You can see some evidence of forward planning with the appointment of ex-Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat as Head of Recruitment. He must have advised the club to pursue Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but where does that leave Alexandre Lacazette, signed for £50 million last summer? I don’t see that as a partnership. Darren Burgess, who I worked with at Liverpool, is also joining as High Performance Director so there are changes afoot. But ultimate power still rests with Wenger.  No matter how loyal the Arsenal board, they have a duty to consider what happens when he goes. When outstanding candidates emerge you have to react. That is why I believe they should already be sounding out Conte’s camp. They will get another close look at him when the clubs meet in the Carabao Cup this week. Conte is too good for Chelsea to let go. They should be desperately trying to keep him, not only because he will bring more success to the club, but to ensure he does not come back to haunt them when he returns with a rival. If the Chelsea board cannot see that, Arsenal should do everything in their power to ensure it is a short tube ride to his next destination.

Previa Real Madrid Vs Deportivo de la Coruña - Pronóstico de apuestas LaLiga Santander 2017-18

Durante la jornada 20 de la poderosa liga española, podremos ver enfrentarse al peor Madrid de los últimos años contra el peor Deportivo de la Coruña. El primero se juega el permanecer en puestos de Champions League después de esta jornada, el segundo el salir de la zona de descenso.

European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the final round

European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the final round

European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the final round

Manu Tuilagi has been recalled by Leicester, who would do other English sides a favour by beating Racing.